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Strictly star Helen Skelton reveals she would love to compete on ITV’s Dancing On Ice

Helen Skelton has expressed an interest in taking part in ITV’s Dancing On Ice, but instead signed up for BBC rival show Strictly Come Dancing.

The Countryfile presenter, 39, was the last celebrity contestant to be confirmed for the series after signing up at the last minute.

Speaking before her role was announced on Strictly, Helen told: The sun: ‘I like to do anything that challenges me.’

Uncomfortable!  Helen Skelton has expressed an interest in taking part in ITV's Dancing On Ice but has instead signed up for BBC rival show Strictly Come Dancing
Uncomfortable!  Helen Skelton has expressed an interest in taking part in ITV's Dancing On Ice but has instead signed up for BBC rival show Strictly Come Dancing

Uncomfortable! Helen Skelton has expressed an interest in taking part in ITV’s Dancing On Ice but has instead signed up for BBC rival show Strictly Come Dancing

She showed interest in participating in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! but then revealed: ‘I’d love to Dance On Ice. Where else can you learn to become an ice dancer?’

Helen also explained: “I don’t have a career plan and never have. I try not to worry about the future. I just say yes to things that put food on my table and put a smile on my face.’

Regan Gascoigne was crowned the winner of Dancing On Ice 2022, beating Brendan Cole and Kimberly Wyatt in one of the closest finals in the show’s history.

The Countryfile presenter, 39, expressed interest in taking part in I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!  but then revealed: 'I'd love to Dance On Ice.  Where else can you learn to become an ice dancer?'
The Countryfile presenter, 39, expressed interest in taking part in I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!  but then revealed: 'I'd love to Dance On Ice.  Where else can you learn to become an ice dancer?'

The Countryfile presenter, 39, expressed interest in taking part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! but then revealed: ‘I’d love to Dance On Ice. Where else can you learn to become an ice dancer?’

Helen – who was widely tipped to take part in the BBC’s ballroom show – said when the news was first announced: ‘I am very excited to be stuck in a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait to get started.”

On her first BBC Radio 5 show since its announcement, Helen criticized her dancing skills but explained she can’t wait to learn it.

Helen told listeners, ‘I can’t decide if this is the best or worst thing I’ve agreed to and it hasn’t started yet!’

She went on to explain that she only signed up a few days ago: “Which makes me nervous… I agreed a few days ago and people keep saying, ‘Can you dance?’ and I say no, because isn’t the point of learning to dance?’

Champion!  Regan Gascoigne was crowned the winner of Dancing On Ice 2022, beating Brendan Cole and Kimberly in one of the closest finals in the show's history (pictured with pro Karina Manta)
Champion!  Regan Gascoigne was crowned the winner of Dancing On Ice 2022, beating Brendan Cole and Kimberly in one of the closest finals in the show's history (pictured with pro Karina Manta)

Champion! Regan Gascoigne was crowned the winner of Dancing On Ice 2022, beating Brendan Cole and Kimberly in one of the closest finals in the show’s history (pictured with pro Karina Manta)

Speaking about the glamorous side of Strictly, she said: “Most moms go to work and every mom who gets a chance to go to work gets her makeup, tea and learn something fun… I thought that was that.” was a gift. is it not?’

Former Strictly winner Ore Oduba took part in the program as the pair discussed how demanding the dance show can be, while predicting Helen would walk away with the glitter ball trophy.

The mother of three started her TV career in children’s television, presenting Newsround and Blue Peter on the BBC.

While presenting at Blue Peter for 5 years, she took on some incredible challenges including completing the Namibia Ultra Marathon, cycling to the South Pole and kayaking 2018 miles along the Amazon River.

Since then she has presented shows on a variety of channels including Countryfile, several major sporting events for BBC Sport, ITV’s Lorraine, BT Sport’s FA Women’s Super League football matches.

She has also hosted Channel 4’s Rugby League Super League coverage and Inside The Superbrands, in addition to the highly successful On The Farm series for Channel 5 and was a regular on ITV Tonight.

Example: Helen was devastated earlier this year when her husband Richie Myler, 32, ended their eight-year marriage (pictured in February)
Example: Helen was devastated earlier this year when her husband Richie Myler, 32, ended their eight-year marriage (pictured in February)

Example: Helen was devastated earlier this year when her husband Richie Myler, 32, ended their eight-year marriage (pictured in February)

Helen was devastated earlier this year when her husband Richie Myler, 32, ended their eight-year marriage and started dating her new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill, 32.

Rugby star Richie announced his split from the TV presenter in April – four months after they welcomed their third child together – and his relationship with Stephanie came to light just days later.

Stephanie is the daughter of Andrew Thirkill, one of the richest businessmen in Leeds and worth an estimated £175 million.

Helen is said to feel “stunned” by the breakdown of her marriage, and a source close to the couple told MailOnline: “Helen is devastated.”

The former couple are parents to two young sons Ernie, six, Louis, five, and daughter Elsie Kate, seven months.

STRICTLY COME DANCE 2022: WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS?

KYM MARSH

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1660116413 551 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BGT star Molly Rainford is the

Age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so glad they have this year! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m leaving home in my pajamas watching actual dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.”

RICHIE ANDERSON

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1660116414 199 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BGT star Molly Rainford is the

Age: 34

Profession: radio host

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I can’t wait to get into those glitters and sequins and swing across the most famous dance floor in the world!’

ELLIE SIMMONDS

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1660116415 339 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BGT star Molly Rainford is the

Age: 27

Profession: former athlete

Ellie says: “Being asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun.”

TYLER WEST

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1660116415 926 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BGT star Molly Rainford is the

Age: 26

Profession: radio dj

Tyler says: “It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a sequin side.”

ELLIE TAYLORO

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1660116416 436 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BGT star Molly Rainford is the

Age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m over the moon to be part of Strictly 2022!’

TONY ADAMS MBE

Age: 55

Profession: Retired football player and manager

Tony says: “To say I’m excited is an understatement – the temptation of the sequins and the call of the salsa makes me swap my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly Soft boots.”

1660210851 650 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Former X Factor star Fleur East
1660210851 650 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Former X Factor star Fleur East

JAMES SPORTS

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1660288533 376 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 EastEnders actor James Bye announced as 14

Age: 38

Profession: EastEnders actor

James says: “I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkling toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing, but it’s an honor to be asked and I’m going to do my best.”

HELEN SKELTON

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1660387533 233 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Helen Skelton is CONFIRMED as the

Age: 39

Profession: TV and radio channel

Helen says: ‘I’m really looking forward to throwing myself into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started”

WILL MELLOR

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1660116417 786 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BGT star Molly Rainford is the

Age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: “I know it will be a huge challenge, but that’s what life is all about. This is also my mom’s favorite show and she’s been through some rough years, so I’m doing this for her too. Bring it on!’

KAYE ADAMS

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1660116417 431 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BGT star Molly Rainford is the

Age: 59

Profession: Television host

Kaye says: “I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and I can’t think of a better way to do that than show the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’

JAYDE ADAMS

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1660116418 650 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BGT star Molly Rainford is the

Age: 37

Profession: Comedian

Jayde says, “I’ve been a huge fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m looking at myself in a dream and I can’t believe I manifested this.’

MAT GOSS

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1660116419 336 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BGT star Molly Rainford is the

Age: 53

Profession: Singer

Matt says: “I’m retired, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’

MOLLY RAINFORD

1660210852 587 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Former X Factor star Fleur East
1660210852 587 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Former X Factor star Fleur East

Age: 21

Profession: Singer

Mollie says: “I already know it’s going to be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.”

FLEUR EAST

1660210852 837 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Former X Factor star Fleur East
1660210852 837 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Former X Factor star Fleur East

Age: 34

Profession: Singer

fleur says: “I’m just as nervous and excited to be part of this year’s Strictly lineup. I’m excited to learn new skills and want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.”

HAMZA YASSIN

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1660288534 125 Strictly Come Dancing 2022 EastEnders actor James Bye announced as 14

Age: 35

Professionaln: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

hamza says: “I’m over the moon to participate in Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.”

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